The Census 2010: Collecting Forms in Usdan

This is a reminder that the U.S. Census Bureau will be in Usdan Wednesday and Thursday to collect your completed census forms.  They will be at the table at the foot of the main stairs between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.  You will receive your form in your Wesleyan mailbox in Usdan.  We encourage you to participate in this nationwide effort.

Please note that the Census Bureau is not approaching students individually at their residences at this time.  Should you see anyone posing as a Census representative other than in Usdan, you should contact Public Safety immediately.  Thank you.

Sincerely, Fran Koerting, Director of Residential Life

Workers needed for Reunion/Commencement

Hey First-years–

For those of you who are unaware, the best way to end your first year at Wesleyan is to work during Reunion & Commencement 2010 (May 20-23).  Work for University Relations, and aside from getting paid, you’ll also receive thumbnailCATQCIBShousing, have the unique opportunity to help out with Wesleyan’s biggest event, make lasting connections with alumni, and get the chance to say a final farewell to your graduating friends.  Potential jobs include working at the Registration site, hanging out with kids at Camp Cardinal, and, if you’re over 21, driving the shuttle vans.  The Office of Alumni and Parent Relations is now accepting applications.

Applications will be accepted until Friday, April 9 at 5:00 PM.  We will notify you of your employment status no later than Wednesday, April 14. 

There will be a mandatory student worker meeting on May 18 in Science Center 150, at 5:30 PM.  We will provide your schedule for the weekend at that time, among other things. 

If you are employed for Reunion and Commencement, University Relations will provide housing past the move-out date, which you will be required to vacate on May 24 at 5:00 PM.  Please note—if you do not show up for your shifts, University Relations will no longer provide housing, and it will be billed to your student account. 

Please apply at

 If you have any questions, please contact us at or x2418.  Thanks for your interest!

 Best, Carolyn Szaiff ’11 and Cuong Nguyen ’12–Interns, Office of Alumni and Parent Relations

The Census 2010

As you know, the U.S. Census Bureau is in the midst of the 2010 Census efforts to count every person residing in the Census 2010United States.  Since you spend the majority of your year residing at Wesleyan, you will complete your survey here, rather than through your parent or guardian.  You will receive your census form in your mailbox in Usdan during the first week of April, and Census representatives will be at a table in Usdan on April 7 and 8 to collect your form.  It will only take you a few minutes to complete, as it is seven basic questions.  Your response will assist Middletown in getting its proper share of federal and state funding for schools, employment services, health assistance, services for elderly, etc.  Should you have any questions, please contact me at  Thank you.

Fran Koerting, Director of Residential Life

A Helping Hand: Resources for Support

Do you know of another student who needs a helping hand? 


 Don’t go it alone!

Reach out to the following staff/offices:

Support & Counseling Resources for Students
The Class Deans: Dean Brown, Class of 2013 lsbrown x2758
  Dean Phillips, Class of 2012 dphillips x2765
  Dean Garrett, Class of 2011 ngarrett x2758
  Dean Melendez, Class of 2010 mmelendez x2765
Office of Public Safety Day/EveningEmergency   x2345x3333
Office of Behavioral Health Day hours: 9AM to 5PMEvenings (follow directions on phone)   x2910 x2910
Health Services Day/EveningEmergency   x2470x3333
University Chaplains:Protestant Chaplain  Reverend Joan Burnett  jburnett  x2275
Jewish Chaplain, Director Rabbi David Leipziger dleipziger x2278
Muslim Chaplain Iman Marwa Aly maly x2285
Catholic Chaplain Father Hal Weidener hweidener x2277
Office of Residential Life      
156 High, 200 Church, Butterfields  Sharise Brown  smbrown  x2024
Clark, Westco, Fauver Jonathan Connary jconnary x3168
Nicolson, Hewitt, Alpha Delt, DKE, Psi U, Eclectic, Film, French, Japanese, Science Halls  Alex Cabal  acabal  x2753
All other Program Housing Dawn Brown dabrown x3163
Fauver Apts, High/Low Rise, Senior Housing Brian Nangle  bnangle  x3167

April AIDS Walk-New Haven

AIDS red ribbonASHA (AIDS and Sexual Health Awareness) student group is organizing a Wesleyan team for AIDS Walk-New Haven. The walk will take place on April 11 at 1 p.m. and we will be running buses from campus to New Haven. We wanted to include the entire Wesleyan community.  Anyone who is interested should e-mail their name, phone number, and wesbox number to or

Carla Becerra, ASHA (AIDS and Sexual Health Awareness), Wesleyan University 2010

Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration

In Celebration of the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Living the Dream: Youth Activism and a New Vision for Urban Public Educationirizarry

Keynote address by:

Dr. Jason G. Irizarry
Tuesday, January 26th
4:30 p.m., Memorial Chapel

Dr. Jason G. Irizarry is an Assistant Professor of Multicultural Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the Neag School of Education and Faculty Associate in the Institute for Puerto Rican and Latino Studies at the University of Connecticut.  Prior to his arrival at UConn, he was the Director of Project SPIRIT (Springfield Partnership to Improve the Recruitment of Inspiring Minority Teachers), a college-community collaboration aimed at increasing the number of teachers of color in urban schools.  He received his doctorate from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in multicultural education, culturally responsive curriculum development, action research, and urban education.

A former middle school teacher in New York City, his research focuses on urban teacher recruitment, preparation, and retention with an emphasis on increasing the number of teachers of color, culturally responsive pedagogy, and youth participatory action research. A central focus of his work involves promoting the academic achievement of Latino and African American youth in urban schools by addressing issues associated with teacher education.  Manuscripts documenting the findings of his research have been published or accepted for publication in a variety of journals in the field including Education and Urban Society, Multicultural Perspectives, Race, Ethnicity and Education, Teaching and Teacher Education, and the Centro Journal of Puerto Rican Studies and others appearing as chapters in various books including the Handbook of Latinos and Education: Research, Theory & Practice (Murillo, 2010) and Culture, Curriculum, and Identity in Education: Progressive Perspectives on Research, Theory, and Practice. (Milner, 2009).

Dr. Irizarry will conduct a seminar for students on his work.
10:30am, Open to the first 20 respondents
To register, email

Join us for a discussion with Dr. Irizarry over lunch (reservation required)
Noon, Open to the first 30 respondents (staff, faculty or students).
To RSVP, email

Wes Energy Conservation Showdown Prize

Want to make Wes greener?  Want some extra cash? Want to help solve the University’s budget crisis? Want to have your voice heard by the administration?

Then submit to the Wesleyan Energy Conservation Showdown––the ECS-Prize. If you’ve ever had an idea to make lightbulbWesleyan more sustainable, but didn’t know how to be heard by the Administration or Physical Plant, this is your chance to affect real environmental change––and get paid to do it.

Prizes are $600 for the winning group entry, and $200 for two more runners-up groups. These entries, and any other “honorable mentions” will be collected into a document and sent directly to President Roth’s desk.

We are asking for submissions of at least 3 pages on how to conserve resources and money at Wesleyan. Students are encouraged to work in teams of 2 to 3 members to divide work, but you can work individually or in larger groups if you want.

Entries will be judged on how much natural resources the idea saves, and how much money the University will save because of that conservation. “Resources” can be utilities such as heat, water, and electricity but can include other things as well––for example, if the University is spending money on an environmentally harmful product, and students can find a cheaper, environmentally-friendly alternative, then that idea would be considered successful.

The rules are online at the WSA’s website: All questions can be directed to, or Information about Wesleyan’s utilities will be posted soon, so any research will be a little easier.

The deadline is March 1, 2010.

Food Drive Champions — 2013!

thumbnailCAUTU10OCongratulations to the Class of 2013 for donating the most food items to the Thanksgiving food drive for Middletown’s Amazing Grace Food Pantry.  Bon Appetit will be sponsoring a study for the class during finals, so keep your eye out for the announcements.

Congratulations also to the four lottery winners, whose names were drawn from among the donors in each class.  They are the recipients of a gift certificate to the Red & Black Café!

Thank you all for your contributions.

2013 Class Dinners with Deans Whaley, Brown & Culliton

thumbnailCAH3WYJPJoin Deans Whaley, Brown and Culliton for one of four dinners for first-years being hosted by Dean Whaley over the next two weeks.  These dinners are grouped by residential area and are first-come, first-served.  There are a few spaces still available at each one, so contact your Area Coordinator if you are interested and more details about location and time will be provided.  Hope to see you there!

Thursday, October 22:   Clark and Westco   (Jon Connary)

Thursday, October 29:   Fauver and Nicholson   (Jon Connary, Alex Cabal)

Tuesday, November 3:   Butterfield A & B   (Sharise Brown)

Wednesday, November 4:   Butterfield C & 200 Church   (Sharise Brown)